until recently DD had had very few baths, and she's 11 1/2 weeks old now. She used to scream from start to finish. Then, thanks to Beckily, we found out she LOVES baths by getting in the tub with her. She realized she actually likes it, and now we can bathe her in the sink if we want it to be quicker (or use less water) than in the tub. In the last couple days we started a bit of a bedtime routine, including a bath. She really seems to enjoy the bath time, but screams from the cold afterwards, all the way until she's dry, clothed, and hard-core snuggled by Mama or Papa. But I think she's really feeling ready for bed afterwards, and it's been working great so far. She spits up a lot, and she was getting red bumps on her face and neck from the milk sitting there, so that's a plus to frequent bathing, too.
eta - how bad is it to get water in babies' ears? I used to get tons of ear infections when I was a kid, so I'm paranoid if water runs/splashes there.
If anyone's baby starts to fuss like they have an ear infection, try squirting breastmilk in there regularly (you could probably do this preventatively if you're worried about water in ears)--it's MAGIC stuff and works on eye goop too (and cuts, and and and...magic stuff). Also, you should prepare some garlic ear oil now in case the breastmilk isn't cutting it. That stuff is MAGIC too. You basically take a couple of cloves of garlic, mince them up small, and put them in a half pint (or whatever) of olive oil. If you have any, cut up some mullein leaves and put them in there too. Set it in the sun for a couple of days (if you need some fast, you can heat it gently on the stove for a little while) and then strain out the garlic. My older dd woke screaming in pain with an earache last year. I put this stuff in, and she was better by morning. Magic, I tell you. And no antibiotics needed--which if you look at the research on antibiotics for ear infections, their effectiveness is seriously in question even by the mainstream (at least that's my understanding). I've heard that if you can get them through the first round of ear infections, they don't come back as easily as if you use the antibiotics (didn't get that tidbit from mainstream docs though).
Obviously though, if your kid is still screaming in pain after trying this stuff, hie thee to a doctor!
Also...uh...I had to join your group. Even though I don't really belong. Hope that's okay with everyone! Must. stalk. sister...